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Lost Capitol Peak hiker safe after finding group

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – A lost hiker made her way safely down from Capitol Peak after getting lost in the wilderness Saturday.

According to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, authorities received a call from a 26-year-old woman who had been climbing Capitol Peak about 12:20 p.m. Saturday.

She said that she had separated from her group around 8 a.m. and turned back to return to her camp at Capitol Lake. However, she got off the descent route and got lost in the large boulder field below the summit of the peak.

From their headquarters in Aspen, Mountain Rescue Aspen members were able to speak to the climber via cellphone and tried to direct her to the standard descent route. An hour and 20 minutes later, the climber called Mountain Rescue and said she could see another climbing party descending. Shortly thereafter, she met up with the other climbing party and was making her way down.

No Mountain Rescue personnel were sent into the field and the incident was considered over at about 3 p.m.

Capitol Peak, about 13 miles west of Aspen, is one of Colorado’s peaks that top out above 14,000 feet and is popular with climbers.